Spring Raptor Migration Workshop – April 1 & 2
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – Apr 2 @ 4:00 pm

Golden Eagle by Alex Lamareaux

Hawk Ridge has been monitoring the fall bird migration since the 1950’s, but did you know that the West Skyline Hawk Count ranks as one of the top sites in the US for numbers and diversity of raptors during the spring migration? Early to mid April is likely to provide a wide variety and ages of raptors traveling through on their way north. Join us for an exciting workshop exploring the spring 2017 migration!

Have you ever wondered about differences in spring migration versus fall? Do birds use the same route in the spring that they used in the fall? Do adult birds and immature birds travel at the same time? Can you age and sex a bird in flight? How does weather impact migration patterns – is there raptor fallout? This workshop will address all of these questions, as well as the overall science of spring migration, learning basic ID skills, and counting essentials, and exploring first hand one of the top spring raptor migration sites in the US.

This field-oriented program will explore different spring count locations based on what is happening with the weather. We will carpool to different locations as needed. Early April weather can be unpredictable, so we will plan to have an indoor space where we can meet as needed to warm up, dry off and explore things indoor as needed.

The course will begin at 9 am on the 1st and will run through approximately 4 pm. On April 2nd the course will begin at 9 am and will finish around 2 pm. Participants should plan to bring a bag lunch on both days. Further information regarding logistics will be provided to participants prior to the workshop.

Workshop will be led by Margie Menzies, Hawk Ridge Public Program Director, with possible assistance from other Hawk Ridge staff/volunteers.

REGISTRATION INFO: Workshop is limited to 12 participants with minimum of 5.

COST: $120 for members of Hawk Ridge and/or Minnesota Master Naturalists, $150 for others.


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MARGIE MENZIES joined the Hawk Ridge staff in 2011 and is currently the Public Program Director.

Margie spent years in the formal classroom and has abandoned the indoors for the great outdoor classroom. During the summer, Margie is the naturalist and resident bird bander and general bird nerd at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center up the North Shore in Schroeder. She works as a freelance naturalist and education consultant for a variety of organizations, such as Hartley Nature Center, Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, and has also worked at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth. She has a BA from Bethel University, and a MA from University of St.Thomas. She loves birds, learning, and sharing the natural world with people of all ages.

Birdathon – May 20, 2017
May 20 all-day

The Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory – St. Louis County Birdathon is a fun citizen-science event. It also serves as an important means of fundraising for the bird conservation research and education programs of Hawk Ridge. Birders of all levels of ability are invited to form or join one of the birding teams attempting to find as many species as possible in a 24-hour period. Or, you can compete in other categories, such as a Big Sit or the non-motorized division. Prizes will be awarded for each category.

The 30th Annual Hawk Ridge St. Louis County Birdathon was held on Sat. May 21st. Read the full summary HERE.

Laura Pip and Erik Birdathon 2016SPECIAL NOTE: On Thursday, June 23, 2016, Laura Erickson and her team completed a Birdathon for a second year to help support the bird research & education programs of Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. Her teammates included her birding dog, Pip, and friend Erik Bruhnke (birding tour guide, nature photographer, former Count Interpreter at Hawk Ridge). Their goal was to see 75 different species of birds and they smashed that goal with a grand total of 97 species!

You can make a pledge in honor of their Birdathon day to support Hawk Ridge by clicking on the donate button below.

Additional Information

Birdathon Registration 2016 Participation Rules

2016 Pledge Form

2016 Birdathon Leader Instructions

2016 Potluck-Map

2016 MN State Bird Checklist

2016 Birdathon

The 2016 Birdathon was held on May 21, 2016. Download the 2016 Birdathon Summary and the Species List.

Hawk Weekend Festival
Sep 15 @ 12:00 am – Sep 17 @ 12:00 am

More details coming soon…

(Please check back late spring/early summer 2017 for more info)

Come and celebrate the fall bird migration with us! Hawk Weekend is the annual festival held by the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth, MN. It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase one of North America’s best places to experience the fall bird migration through field trips, workshops, presentations, social gatherings, and more. This is an event that has something for everyone!